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The Great Raid [Blu-ray] [2005] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H7J9P8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,015 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
Some films just get made simply because so much time and money has been wasted developing them that it almost seems unthinkable not to make them even though everyone at the studio has long since lost interest. Case in point The Great Raid, one of Miramax's infamous shelf-hoggers. Initially intended as a Steven Spielberg-Tom Cruise vehicle before they got a better offer from the Martians, it finally went before the cameras in Australia and China in 2002 with the less than A-list combo of director John Dahl and an underpowered cast headed by Benjamin Bratt, James Franco, Joseph Fiennes and Connie Nielson only for Harvey Scissorhands to spend three years tinkering with the cut (Disney later claimed that, like the 45 other films still on the shelf at the time they parted company, the Weinsteins shelved it so it wouldn't affect their performance-related bonus and severance pay), by which time it had cost some $70m or more. Junked in a few theatres to no discernible business in their let's-wreck-the-joint-for-the-new-management spree when they started their new company, it never made it across the Atlantic, quietly sneaking out onto DVD when no-one was looking.

While it's easy to see why Spielberg and Cruise bailed - not enough drama, no big star role - the end result certainly isn't anything to be ashamed of. Based on the most successful rescue mission in US military history, when a group of untested Rangers rescued 500 prisoners of war in Cabanatuan in the Philippines before their Japanese captors could kill them, it's the kind of film you're surprised wasn't made decades ago.
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I'm surprised that some people found this movie wooden,I couldn't fault it. Its a big budget war movie that will be appreciated by anyone who likes war movies. The film, which is based on actual events, is well shot and action packed from start to finish. The WW2 Veterans of this actual raid advised on this movie and this film does those guys proud. Best war film of 2006.
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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
Amidst all the special FX-laden pap put out by Hollywood, it's the sadly infrequent film that pays tribute to American soldiers at war from any factual and/or realistic perspective. (Let's ignore such harmless scriptwriters' fantasies as TOP GUN, STEALTH, GI JANE, HEARTBREAK RIDGE, and their ilk.) How many can you think of in the past half-dozen years? SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, WE WERE SOLDIERS, BLACKHAWK DOWN, and the TV miniseries BAND OF BROTHERS. Now, with our troops currently bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan with indifferent media coverage reporting only deaths by suicide bombers, we have THE GREAT RAID, based on a true World War II incident.
After the fall of Corregidor to the Japanese in 1942, tens of thousands of U.S. troops were herded off to captivity on the shameful Bataan Death March. Those that survived the trek languished in POW camps such as Cabanatuan, which contained 500+ prisoners in January 1945, by which time MacArthur was recapturing Philippine real estate. A battalion of Army Rangers was tasked with rescuing the Cabanatuan inmates. THE GREAT RAID is the story of that mission.
One notable feature of this film is that it and the audience are not overwhelmed by the presence of superstars which steal the show. Rather, its cast is made up of relative unknowns (at least to me) portraying professional fighters going about their business. Joseph Fiennes plays the malaria-ridden Major Gibson, the senior American officer in Cabanatuan, Motoki Kobayashi as Gibson's head jailer, the venomous Major Nagai, and Benjamin Bratt as Lt. Colonel Mucci, the commander of the Ranger rescue force.
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Based on true events the story takes us to Japanese occupied territory where in 1942 thousands of U.S Servicemen had surrendered to the advancing and overwhelming forces.
The U.S prisoners were force marched to 'POW' camps, thousands perished on the march.
Almost three years later the U.S army are poised to advance on the occupied territory, however it is realised that around 500 prisoners in the 'Cabantauan' camp would allmost certainly be killed by the Japanese before the advancing army could reach them.
A group of 'U.S' Rangers are assembled to attempt a daring raid behind enemy lines to secure the 'POW's' release.
'Filipino' Guerrillas volunteer to assist the U.S rescue mission.
This is a story of courage and struggle for survival by the 'POW's' living in intollerable conditions, along with the bravery of the underground resistance in 'Manilla' and of course the courage shown by all during the rescue mission.
The story tells of many aspects of struggle during the Japanese occupation of the 'Philippines' during 'WW2'
I did buy the film when released on 'DVD' a few years back and was pleased to see it re-released on this format.
I believe in time the film could be rated a WW2 -classic.
How many other equally heroic story's are there yet to be told ?
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